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Jan 21, 2013 1:00am PST
@andersoncooper. i'll be tweeting. the next four years, how has president obama changed the country and how has washington changed the presidency? is this the same man he was four years ago? jodi cantor wrote a story about it, and joins us next. >>> in the face of our common dangers, in this winter of our hardship, let us remember these timeless words. with hope and virtue, let us brave once more the icy currents and endure what storms may come. let it be said by our children's children that when we were tested, we refused to let this journey in. >> president obama's first inaugural address four years ago, we're back in the first few hours of president obama's second term. four years ago, of course, at a time of crisis, he offered hope and promised change. four years later, some of that change is in himself. "new york times" jodi cantor has written about it. she's written a bestseller, "the obama's" with us also tonight david gergen, he's seen presidential change from nixon to clinton. you've been writing about the obamas since they first came into office. the role that michelle obama plays for
CNN
Jan 20, 2013 7:00pm PST
refused to let this journey end. >> president obama's first inaugural address four years ago, we're back in the first few hours of president obama's second term. four years ago, of course, at a time of crisis, he offered hope and promised change four years later, some of that change in himself, jodi cantor has written about it. her headline -- she's written a bestseller, "the obama's" with us also tonight david gergen, he's seen presidential change from nixon to clinton. you've been writing about the obamas since they first came into congress. the role that michelle obama plays for president obama in the white house, what is that role and how has it changed? >> it's about the overall vision, this is not a first lady who bursts into the west wing saying, we have to do this and this and this. >> i heard she's rarely seen. >> rarely seen, the constructive thing to remember, is that she never wanted her husband to be a politician. and if he was going to be a politician, she didn't want him to become a regular politician. they talk a lot about getting past the washington noise, about why
CNN
Jan 20, 2013 10:00pm PST
these images. thank you so much. in the last four years michelle obama has had her picture taken countless of times. it comes with the pressure that every modern first lady has faced. the style watchers are always looking. we heard headlines around the world when she had bangs. the fashion police not too far away. there's a lot of fashion designers who are on the edge of her seat because they don't know if she will wear their style. >> reporter: she's often called the first lady of fashion whether it's target, talbot or high end designers. >> a dress with black and gold bangles. she looked kind of hot but still very appropriate in her role. when ever you ever said that a first lady looks hot. >> reporter: mrs. obama wasn't always a darling of the fashion world. she knocked our socks off wu the ivory one shoulder ball gown but in the early days of her husband's first term she was often more buttoned up, suits and separates soon gave way to sheets an those pearls. >> michelle really loves alexis jewelry. she still wears pearls. it's not just the twin set. she mixes things together
CNN
Jan 19, 2013 3:00pm PST
on martin luther king jr.'s legacy this year, with president obama using one of king's bibles and the event being held on the holiday. but there is an opportunity to expand on theat. why not open it up and talk about chavez, what latinos have had to struggle through? i mean king's dream is for latinos, native americans, women. >> and as brinkley points out, the president owes his re-election to latinos and women, so a small mention of them would probably go a long way. >> reporter: thank you, we'll stay in touch with you, a lot of logistical problems, let's hope they don't take place. >> we sure do, the inauguration speech and what the president will say, so much more ahead [ male announcer ] when we built the cadillac ats from the ground up to be the world's best sport sedan... ♪ ...people noticed. ♪ the all-new cadillac ats -- 2013 north american car of the year. ♪ for a limited time, take advantage of this exceptional offer on the all-new cadillac ats. email marketing from constant contact reaches people in a place they're checking every day -- their inbox. and it gives you t
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Jan 20, 2013 5:00pm PST
have barack obama as our president for another four years. [ applause ] and michelle as first lady. [ applause ] and i may be a little biassed but i couldn't think of a better man than my husband to help our president lead our country for the next four years. [ applause ] as long as he has the privilege of serving this nation, i know that joe will keep fighting for american people every day. ladies and gentlemen, please join me in welcoming my husband, our vice president, joe biden. [ applause ] >> move this away, baby. hello. i am jill biden's husband an i'm delighted to be with you all here. let me begin with the simplest of statements. thank you. thank you. thank you. thank you. you are the only reason that we are here. thank you for for your support. thank you for being here. and most of all, thank you for believing in us. ladies and gentlemen, i've been honored to serve as vice president. but i've been especially honored to serve as barack obama's vice president. [ applause ] this man's already done an absolutely remarkable job. historic health care reform. two supreme court a
CNN
Jan 21, 2013 2:00am PST
, former secret service agent dan bongino, four years ago he was head of security for president obama's first inauguration parade. representative debbie wasserman schultz at 6:00 a.m., corey booker at 7:00 a.m. along with senator john barrasso and bernice king will join us as well. we also have joaquin castro and also nick cannon. he's performing today for the inauguration. good morning to you. welcome to a special edition of "early start." it's 5:00 a.m. in the east. i'm zoraida sambolin. live here in washington, d.c. for the inauguration of president barack obama. some folks also gathering here. i will be joined by soledad o'brien and john berman who are still making their way through what is a solid wall of security here. so we begin with president obama making history again. publicly taking the oath of office on martin luther king day to begin his second term as the leader of the free world. it will be his second time taking the oath in 24 hours and his fourth time as president. >> so help me god. >> congratulations, mr. president. >> thank you mr. chief justice. thank you so much.
CNN
Jan 21, 2013 6:00am PST
politics for 20 years. barack obama thought he could get away without that, and he's learned the lesson that he has to do that. of course he's different. think about it. ten years ago, he was a state senator just getting into the majority in illinois. so he had really scant administrative experience before this, and he's had to learn on the job. >> that's a critical point. david has done brilliant work on both of our last two democratic presidents, the current one and clinton. clinton had been governor. he knew how to cut deals. mostly democrats in arkansas, but a democratic party that was more conservative in some ways. he had the chief executive experience. that's my bigger question for president obama the second term. what did he learn from the first abouti about being the boss? >> also, the idealism. this say president now that he's taking on guns. why didn't he do that during the first four years? is there some sense that maybe i need to do the things that i didn't do and i wanted to do. >> in the midst of all this spectacle, michelle obama says she's keeping her kids ground
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Jan 20, 2013 8:00pm PST
obama as our president for another four years and michelle as first lady. and i may be a little biassed, but i couldn't think of a better man than my husband to help our president lead our country for the next four years. as long as he has the privilege of serving this nation, i know that joe will keep fighting for american people every day ladies and gentlemen, please welcome me in joining my husband, our vice president joe biden. >> hello, i'm jill biden's husband, and i'm delighted to be with all of you here. let me begin with the simplest of statements. thank you. thank you. thank you. thank you, thank you. you are the only reason we are here. thank you for your support, thank you for being here and most of all thanking for believing in us. ladies and gentlemen, i've been honored to serve as vice president. but i've been especially honored to serve as barack obama's vice president. this man's already done an absolutely remarkable job. historic health care reform. two supreme court appointees, justice sotomayor and elaine kagan. ending the war in iraq and about to end the war in afgh
CNN
Jan 20, 2013 7:00am PST
enough that obama sometimes can be a and we will appreciate over the next two years in particular what a good retail politician this man is. i don't think anything gets done in this administration without joe biden either in front of it or behind the scenes making it work ask that will mean something to democrats. >> however, we should add he turned 70 this year, i believe. he tells you all the time how healthy he is. but in response to your question, he does want to run. it is very clear he wants to run. >> one thing that helps, too, is that it's going to hurt, i think, the other contenders and help biden is that nothing new grows under the shade of a big tree. when bush was president, we m missed a generation of young leaders. they're only coming right now. the rubios and all that. eight years of obama in that shadow, we're not going to see a lot of new faces get air time, get that kind of publicity. so, people who have brands like biden and hillary -- >> we have to cut you off. i have to make a plug here. tomorrow after inauguration i have an interview with none other than joe biden.
CNN
Jan 17, 2013 5:00pm PST
are a lot of democrats who are opposed. >> you go gak in the foirs two years of the obama administration. the democrats have the white house, the senate and congress, and they did nothing. i blame both of them, and i went during the presidential campaign, i pointed out that mitt romney had champions an assault weapon ban in massachusetts when he was governor, signed the bill, got it passed and signed it. president obama, when he was running four years ago, he championed an assault weapons ban, said he would try to get it in if he got elected, and neither did anything. i crit kzed both of them. this is not a partisan thing. somehow or another, connecticut children, you know, suburban, nice, normal ro an rockwell kin image in your mind. somehow or other, that has touched the american public's heart. >> mr. mayor, thank you. >> thank you for having me. >> still ahead, the interview people have been waiting for for decades. what did lange armstrong say to oprah winfrey, and will he apologize to the millions of people whose lives he tore apart. we'll ask what they'll be looking
CNN
Jan 14, 2013 1:00pm PST
for the inaugural, some of the equipment set up here. four years ago, president obama raised around $50 million for his inauguration then. so a lot of it will be from private donors. public money goes to the security arrangements. >> brian todd on the mall, thanks. if you can't make it down to the mall, cnn's going to have it all right here on tv. our coverage of president obama's second inaugural spans two days. first, the official oath of office and a private ceremony. then monday's public ceremony at the u.s. capitol. be sure to watch the presidential inauguration starting at 9:00 a.m. eastern sunday and monday right here on cnn. >>> you're in "the situation room." happening now -- as the president weighs tough proposals to curb gun violence, why are many gun owners fearful he wants to take their weapons away? as the flu spreads, so does the fear. in many places, the vaccine is now hard to come by. as thousands rush to get their shots. and they're up to 20 feet long, among the world's largest snakes they've envaded florida by the tens of thousands. now, the hunt is on. welcome to
CNN
Jan 17, 2013 9:00am PST
next four years of the obama administration. one of the big issues is reducing the demand for legal drugs in this country. john zarrella, reporting on what to expect going forward. >> reporter: with america's use of illicit drugs continuing to rise, the challenge -- what's the best way to curb it? clarence jackson started smoking pot when he was 14. he says he quickly graduated to coke, crime and then prison. >> i've been in prison every consecutive year of my life since 1989 until 2009. >> reporter: 20 years in and out of florida jails and prisons. jackson is now in court-ordered group counseling. >> you know how selfish it is? everybody around you hurt when you get locked up. even your dog. that sounds silly. even your dog. >> reporter: guy wheeler runs the program, 12 to 24 sessions for first-time offenders, the gold ring upon completion, a cleansed record. jackson laments if only this program weral there for him 20 years ago. >> i wouldn't have been a liability. i would have been a great asset to society. >> reporter: could be the poster boy for a philosophical change how the u.
CNN
Jan 19, 2013 6:30am PST
down, the value of your house rising, resilient stock market at five-year highs, historically low interest rates. plus, consumers are still spending. but, beware, most sequels are never as good as the original. so what will obama's economy, the sequel, look like? john avalon is a columnist at the daily beast. international business at the university of maryland, and annie lowrie is an economic policy reporter for "the new york times." all great movies have memorable endings. when we look back at the end of the first term, is this a blockbuster or dead? >> absolute free fall, stock market hits its historic low after the first 100 days. trying to make a case that it could have been worse. not the most inspiring re-election slogan. compare to where countries in europe are, that chose a more traditional path of austerity, we do appear poised for recovery. if you begin on a freefall and end on an up note, that has the makings of a blockbuster. >> you say the president's policies are responsible for holding america back? >> president reagan had a deep recession, unemployment peaked at 1
CNN
Jan 14, 2013 9:00am PST
obama next four years, plus her plan to help you with your personal debt well. >>> and it is all waste. that's right, a new report saying nearly half of the world's food is wasted. self-proclaimed dumpster diver, jane velez-mitchell, is weighing in. overmany discounts to thine customers! [old english accent] safe driver, multi-car, paid in full -- a most fulsome bounty indeed, lord jamie. thou cometh and we thy saveth! what are you doing? we doth offer so many discounts, we have some to spare. oh, you have any of those homeowners discounts? here we go. thank you. he took my shield, my lady. these are troubling times in the kingdom. more discounts than we knoweth what to do with. now that's progressive. >>> this just in. cnn confirming now with a source that is familiar with the situation that president george h.w. bush, he is being discharged today from a houston hospital. you're seeing pictures of him there. the former president being released today. this is after nearly two months after treatment for a bronchitis-related cough, we are learning here, and other health-related iss
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Jan 20, 2013 9:00pm PST
their control. barack obama, we don't know what it may be. it may be nothing. he has the green shoot for a better economy. hi didn he didn't have that four years ago. is that going to be a significant help to him? >> think about second term dwight eisenhower. he created nasa. he signed a treaty with 12 countries to demilitaryize an antartica. ronald reagan, i think iran contra gets overblown. the president is feeling good about a second term. he doesn't have the luxury of a curse mentality. >> what are your priorities. what would you like to see the president focus on? they say in the second term you get a maximum of about 18 months to shove through the agenda that you want to do. what should he look to do? >> there's all the stuff that's been on the table that's been talked about in the media, immigration reform, gun control and a couple of other issues. i'd like to see him work on the great ideas that he's put forward in terms of linking education with worse force development. making the united states more economically competitive by investing in community colleges, by improving ou
CNN
Jan 20, 2013 3:00pm PST
domestic policy adviser. well, she left the obama white house about a year ago. she's with us now on inauguration day here on the national mall. melody, four years ago, it was history. it was hope. it was change. as this president begins the second term, still a sluggish economy, a polarized political environment, what is the number one challenge as he prepares to address the american people tomorrow? >> well, i still think it is about the hope of the american people, and it is still historic, the second inauguration of this president. but at the same time, obviously, it's going to be working with congress to get the economy moving, moving forward in terms of the big initiatives that the president considers to be so important with regard to immigration reform, implementation of health care reform and making sure that everybody has an opportunity, has a shot at the american dream. >> you mentioned health care reform. you know, republicans would say he did that first last time. he got in our face. that ruined the environment. i know each side blames the other side. i don't want to revi
CNN
Jan 21, 2013 12:00am PST
unsettled and unraveled by a big event, often beyond their control. barack obama, we don't know what it may be. may be nothing but what he does have, he has at least a green chute to a better economy. he didn't have that four years ago. inherited one of the worst financial messes you could imagine. is that a significant help to him? >> think of second term dwight eisenhower. dealt with the little rock kri sis. nasa. a treaty with 12 countries to demilitarize antarctica. all second term. bill clinton, what he have been without a second term? not a big budget surplus and ronald reagan, i think iran-contra is overblown and historic gorbachev diplomacy and margaret thatcher said reagan ended the cold war without a single shot and the spth feeling good about the second term. he doesn't have the curse mentality. >> what are the priorities, what would you like to see the president focus on? they say in the second term you get a maximum of about 18 months to really shove through the agenda that you want to do. what should he be looking to do? >> there's the stuff on the table, you know, talked abou
CNN
Jan 20, 2013 6:00am PST
president obama and his speechwriters to look back. just tell us, first you and then don, how do you write that sentence that gets engraved, you know know, on some granite somewhere 50 years from now? >> this is the most formal of all the speeches the president gives. you are trying for high rhetoric in a speech like this they don't all succeed. 16 second infalling in ras, not too many of them are memorable, except the most memorable in american history. >> the ones michael and i worked on. >> yes, of course. >> i do think that you can't really write for granite. you write where is this moment in the broad context of american history and the great purposes of american history? and i think the president does need to address, in a forthright manner, the profound political polarization in our society, polarization between congress and the president that produces gridlock and polarization of opportunity in our country, where there's stalled mobility at the bottom of our country, durable problems about the opportunity of the nation, promise of the nation. you don't have to do it in a poll
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Jan 20, 2013 4:00am PST
legacy to build. these next four years are incredibly important for what barack obama, president obama is going to stand for in history. i agree with maria, it has to be about unity. tomorrow is a day for lofty rhetoric. not a day for details or policy specifics. it's a day to bring us together to make us all feel american and celebrate democracy. you know what i think he's going to try to be? memorable. very few memorable state of the inaugural addresses. i think he is going to shoot for that memory tomorrow. >> a lot of democrats in town and a lot of the parties today, tomorrow, will be democrats. what do you do if you're a republican this weekend? what is the right way to behave today, tomorrow and then going forward, do you think? >> watch it on tv and eat ice cream. >> eat bonbons on the couch. >> dump your thumb in whiskey. let me tell you. i love the pomp and circumstance, i love the ceremony it and i love the significance. both maria and i were not born here. we come from different countries where there has been political strife. seeing this public transition that happens
CNN
Jan 20, 2013 11:00am PST
. he was never thrown out of a single game in 22 years in 2011, barack obama awarded musial the presidential medal of freedom. >> there's no red carpet, but there is a very long parade route and in fact the pomp and circumstance of the inauguration kind of takes on a hollywood feel. the anticipation is growing over what michelle obama will wear. up next we'll talk to an author who has written a book about mrs. obama's unique style. >>> the first lady, michelle obama is known for many, many things, very calm demeanor, her dedication to health and fitness, her fantastic and enviable arpgs and her style. >> and as she celebrated her 49th birthday this past week, she was shorting a new hair style. it is all about the bangs. the nation simply abuzz after this photo was posted on twitter. she also turned some heads in a stylish tracy reece dress. at the democratic national convention, i don't know what that means, but i can't wait to find out. what will she wear on inauguration day. >> and tracy reece is just a very, very fabulous designer. we want to talk a little bit more about mich
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Jan 21, 2013 1:00pm PST
strong self-interest in seeing barack obama succeed. as you well know, after eight years of one party being in office, it's not easy to hold on to that office. and one of the things that helped to elect george h.w. bush at the end of reagan was reagan went out on a high. he had some trouble in the second term but he went out on a high. and that really helped bush. i think that's important for biden that president obama succeed. >> i just missed this one but the last vice president before george h.w. bush was martin van buren. >> biden has constantly been in and out of the dog house for say things he wasn't supposed to say for the longest time. right now, he is in, as gloria was saying, just the perfect sweet spot for him, because he has succeeded. the challenge is, i'm trying to emphasize about this speech, we don't know what the president wants to done in his second ter. such a litany of agent that items. you know, less is more. there was too much "more" in this speech and that i think is the trap for him now, for biden. >> i think it was a bold list the president puts out. the quest
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Jan 17, 2013 6:00am PST
confirmed a permanent atf director in years. strengthening the atf is part president obama's new gun regulation plan. >>> mark sanford is running for his old seat. his extramarital affair became public in 2009. sanford says he deserves a second chance. >> u.s. senators retire every 1,000 years or something. he retires, the governor happens to pick the guy who was in the seat that i used to hold and so there's been these strange opening of doors and i don't know exactly what it means but we'll find out in nine weeks. >> you can hear more from mark sanford tonight at 9:00 p.m. eastern. pier piers morgan will have him on as a guest. >>> the olympic committee is stripping lance armstrong of his medal of the 2000 games in sydney, more fallout from his reported confession to doping which we will learn more about when armstrong's interview with oprah airs. remember he's been stripped of his tour de france titles, let's take you to france to hear people there are reacting on the phone with us is cnn's zain verjee. she's in a town just outside of paris, so i'm ready, hit me. i'm sure it's not
CNN
Jan 18, 2013 11:00am PST
, the inauguration day falls on a sunday this year, the official swearing in of president obama will take place in a private ceremony at the white house as it has to on a sunday. monday is the big day, folks. this all kicks off with a church service at st. john's church, just across the street from the white house. then on to the public. the swearing in here where hundreds of thousands are expected to turn out on what will be, i'm sure, a chilly washington day, from capitol hill to the national mall, pennsylvania avenue, for the inaugural parade. i will be there. i'm so excited. i'll be there in the thick of things. of course, many, many -- many, many of our cnn crews will be there as well. you can catch it here on cnn through monday. much like the halftime show at the super bowl, the opportunity to perform at a presidential inauguration really is the chance of a lifetime. and come monday, you have beyonce, kelly clarkson, james taylor, all performing in front of the president. no pressure. so will the 50 children and teenagers of a marching band from iowa, they'll be feeling a littl
CNN
Jan 19, 2013 3:00am PST
. hundreds of thousands of people are starting to descend on washington for president obama's second inauguration. and this morning, we're looking past the oath of office to the next four years. the plans, the prospects, and the priorities. joining me right now here is white house correspondent dan lothian. good morning to you. >> good morning. >> so nice to be with you in person here. >> on this chilly morning. >> yes, on this chilly morning on the national mall. we saw the president unveil his gun plan this week. do you think that's job number one right now? >> i think it is. you hear the president and the vice president talk about seizing the moment. they realize that there are other times when you have these mass shootings, everyone talks about, you know, coming down with some kind of new regulations. and then they forget about it. so they realize in this case, they have the public support. polling is showing that most americans want stricter gun laws. and obviously, there will be opposition up on capitol hill. there is some bipartisan support for what the president is doing, but
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Jan 13, 2013 11:30am PST
happens once every four years. we are of course talking about the inauguration of the president. all the bands, the drill teams and the stand-ins are in the capital today, rehearsing for next week's second inauguration of barack obama barack obama. athena jones is in washington to give us a sneak preview, hello. i guess they started early and i suppose they're trying to make sure they work out all the kinks, you don't want to have anything go wrong on the big day, do you. >> certainly not, you think every four years they'll try to get it right. today we've seen fife and drums, military bands, we've seen people standing in for the vice president and for president obama, as well as the first lady. and two young girls standing in for sasha and mallia to make it as close to how they expect it to be as possible next week. there's a lot of excitement here in town. we had a chance to speak with the president of the chamber of commerce about some of their expectations, let's listen. >> what we're hearing is anywhere from 600,000 to 800,000 people coming into the city. you compare that to 200
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Jan 19, 2013 5:00am PST
people are starting to descend on washington for president obama's second inauguration. but this morning we are looking past the oath of office to the next four years, the issues, plans and prospects. joining me now is ron brownstein, senior political analyst and editorial director for the national journal. do you like our set? >> fabulous. >> nice to be here, huh? >> little bit of history. >> not too shabby. let's talk about the issue certainly that's been for the last few weeks, guns. >> yeah. >> do you think the president will keep up the pressure if congress is slow to react or even brushes off the first steps of legislation? >> yeah. broader point, second terms have been pretty tough for presidents. we've had a couple of presidents impeached in their second term, iran-contra scandal in the second term. so as you wonder, halfway through they wonder why they bothered to get re-elected but i think president obama is in a position to put pressure on the congress because of the nature in which he won. he demonstrated there is now at the presidential level a pretty reliable consistent maj
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Jan 15, 2013 4:00pm PST
, coming off an election year when it spent $19 million on campaign ads. >> much of that was against president obama. a lot of it was against democrats running for congress. >> had they spent that much money prior to that? >> no. no. >> reporter: the question now is whether the nra's history will take a new direction after newtown. >> if republicans refuse to bring anything to the floor even for a vote, we'll see that the nra really is still strong-arming elected officials. >> reporter: the nra would not talk to cnn on camera for this story but a spokesman for the group points out the nra is not just picking up what it calls an unprecedented number of new members. the gun lobby is raising money as well for what it predicts will be an expensive and hard-fought battle on gun control. jim acosta, cnn, washington. >>> i want to bring michael and reihan back. that is amazing that the nra at one point was fighting for gun control, they thought it was appropriate and it has since become a much more absolutist organization. i'm curious about this unprecedented spike in membership. i did the
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Jan 18, 2013 2:00am PST
several weeks desperately searching for 14-year-old girl's body. >>> and the nra in for a fight with president obama's gun control proposal. new jersey governor chris christie called the nra's reprehensible. >> don't be dragging people's children into this, it's wrong and it demeans them and makes them less of a valid, trusted source of information on the real issues. >> the nra ad calls the president an elitist hypocrite for opposing their idea of armed guards in every school when his kids are protected by armed guards. >>> people in washington pulling extra shifts this weekend. getting ready for inauguration day on monday. leave report, just ahead. clear, huh? i'm not juice or fancy water. i've got nine grams of protein. that's three times more than me! [ female announcer ] ensure clear. nine grams protein. zero fat. in blueberry/pomegranate and peach. campbell's has 24 new soups that will make it drop over, and over again. ♪ from jammin' jerk chicken, to creamy gouda bisque. see what's new from campbell's. it's amazing what soup can do. >>> washington, d.c., our nation's capital
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Jan 13, 2013 12:00am PST
our country so great is that we're about passing power peacefully, not violently. in my last year as a member of congress, i would say perhaps half of the members of congress had to live wearing bullet proof vests and have armed guards. >> really? >> during the aftermath of obama care, when there were, the president was being held in effigy, and these comments were blocking members of congress from being able to go and vote. you may recall that. and people like john lewis were being called epithets, racial epithets. this wasn't isolated. this was happening in our nation's capital and around the country. whether it is guns or the issue of mental health or anything that is a hot button issue, where we can't talk to one another, and that i think is the more disruptive, disturbing thing. i mean, i felt threatened when he was threatening you. and the fact that we're not thinking about one another in those ways. he was assaulting your human dignity. >> i mean, personally, i never felt threatened by him. what i felt was it was one of those interviews where you just want to let him talk. becau
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Jan 14, 2013 4:00am PST
in them. >> meanwhile, the family of noah posner, a 6-year-old killed in the sandy hook shooting, is calling for tougher gun laws. tomorrow the vice president joe biden and his task force will deliver recommendations to prevent gun violence to president obama. we want to begin this morning with roxanna green. her daughter christina, you might remember, christina was killed while attending congresswoman gabby giffords congress on her corner event. she was a beautiful little girl and budding political junkie. roxanna has started a foundation to honor her daughter's memory and has done some work for the group mayors with illegal guns. nice to have you with us. >> thank you. >> we spoke a while back, and i remember talking to you about how hard it must be to talk about your daughter who was just a child when she was killed. what kind of message do you have for the people here in newtown, many who have lost children roughly the same age as your little daughter. >> i'm here to offer comfort and support, prayers and love, and whatever kind of guidance i can offer in this grieving process, t
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Jan 14, 2013 8:00pm PST
deepening depression for 26-year-old aaron schwartz. schwartz was best known as the co founder of reddit, a widely used social news and entertainment website built around user submitted content. president obama even used reddit to reach more than 5 million voters in his re-election campaign. most of them young people. in his short live, he became a folk hero, pushing to make web content free. but with prosecutors pressing serious charges, schwartz hanged himself friday in his brooklyn apartment. his lawyer said he doesn't know what put him over the edge, but the notion of prison time had him deeply worried. >> i know this case was weighing heavily on his mind and was a significant source of stress for him. >> the freedom to connect, like freedom of speech or like the freedom to murder. >> the case stemming from schwartz's passionate believe for a wide open, free internet. it dates back to july 2011 when he was indicted on charges of stealing millions of academic articles and journals from a digital archive at m.i.t. the charges could have landed him in prison for up to 35 years al
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Jan 16, 2013 6:00pm PST
than a handful of races where the nra's involvement made a difference. and they had a really bad year in november. they endorsed only seven senate candidates where they spent more than $100,000 in those races. six of those candidates lost. they spent more money i think on defeating barack obama because he was going to erase the second amendment from the constitution than they've ever spent to defeat anybody before, yet there he was today at the white house behind the podium talking about reasonable common sense gun laws. >> i thought the nra's advertisement lambasting the president for the security around his children was particularly offensive and a new low even by the leadership of that organization standards today. >> you know, we talked to nra members and we talked to gun deal. >> and we poll them. the truth is the average nra member has not been very happy with the performance that they've been seeing out of the nra's washington lobbyists lately. nra members are people who hunt, who want to defend themselves and who want to be left alone, like much of the country. the nra's washi
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Jan 20, 2013 2:00am PST
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Jan 19, 2013 9:00pm PST
to say to the american people what the president obama legacy may well be in years to come. and for that, you need to have a vision. i'm not sure most people in america are fully clear what that vision is. because we can't keep being a slightly negative, well, you know, things have been really bad, we're trying to make them a bit better. it's going to be a little more oomph about it, positivity and grand vision. >> i would go back to the famous caesar chavez line, yes, we can, and really inject a lot of optimism in this inaugural. the burden on the president is that in 2008, it was electric here in washington. a million people coming, our first african-american president. this time around, it's a little more humdrum. we're exhausted from the 2012 presidential election. newtown has all of us in a tizzy and angry. we've got the, you know, problems going on with fiscal cliff and a new debt crisis. so the mood is not great. the way to change it is a big, bold speech. i personally would like to see the president vote gun control, which i know you've been so helpfully outspoken on, and ev
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Jan 20, 2013 1:00pm PST
2 million people fill ed the national ball four years together hear barack obama's first speech. and then, he was talking to a country full of hope that he could get america back on track this year, americans are divided how thing russ going in a country. a new cnn research poll lays it out. 49% of things believe things are going well in this country. 49% believe things are going well. 51% believe things are poor. no president faced the public this bitter at the start of a second term. president bush -- presidents bush, clinton, reagan, all had higher numbers when it came to americans' confidence and how things are going in this country. so joining me now john avlon, he's senior political columnist at "newsweek" and the daily beast and his much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much better half, cnn political contributor, margaret hoover, who is my secret girlfriend. >> i thought cyndi lauper was your secret girlfriend. >> you are my secret girlfriend since i hosted "in the arena" one night, we fell in love. >> a beautiful thing. i'm not going to touch it. >> you're comfortab
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Jan 19, 2013 7:00am PST
their children. president obama started the national day of service four years ago as a way to honor the spirit of dr. martin luther king jr.'s work. and our suzanne malveaux is at the national service event on the national mall. good morning to you. what have you seen there so far this morning? >> reporter: good morning. i guess i got a little lucky here. i was told i was going to be outdoors, but i'm inside this warm, beautiful tent. there are hundreds of people who are here gathered all to learn about community service. in this tent now, you might be hearing or even able to see if you've got a camera craned on the gospel great yolanda adams who's performing now. she's one of many of the superstars who have gathered here to call awareness to the importance of veering. now earl -- volunteering. now earlier we saw eva longoria. she talked about the need and her own foundation to give back to the latino community. we heard about giving back to military families. and then of course one of the co-chairs of this event, chelsea clinton, a lot of people got very excited about her. and she
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Jan 19, 2013 11:00am PST
. >> can you imagine, malia obama was just 10 years old when her father moved into the oval office. sasha was just 7. there is no doubt that being a president's child is a lot different from the way that most of us grew up. doug weed is a former advisor to ron paul. he has written extensively about children of presidents. you've interviewed more than a dozen presidential children. is there any common thread to what they say it's like to grow up in the white house? >> yeah, actually, 19 and a lot of the first ladies and presidents. the children liked it. most of them. they look back on it as if it's surreal like it didn't even happen. it's very quick. four years, eight years. it's a tiny part of their life. and most of them liked because they were together for the first time in their lives some of them. they're separated to get there. the dad's busy getting there. and finally at the white house, they're there. >> that's what the president has said again and again. he finally gets to sit down to dinner with his girls. >> his office is close to his house now for the very first time is
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Jan 20, 2013 3:00am PST
the wee hours of the morning. welcome back, i'm john berman along with randi kaye. president obama has something new on his limousine for this inauguration weekend. we'll show it to you here. at the bottom it says taxation without representation. washington, d.c. dmv put that on plates 13 years ago. the district city council passed a resolution last week asking the president to change his plates, he did. >> there they are. >>> we all know what it takes to throw a good party, even an inauguration party. good friends, good food and maybe a good cocktail or two. what does that mean here in washington? >> when it comes to political parties, none bigger than a presidential inaugration, like any good celebration, it requires the right spirit. perhaps best served with a little bit of history. derek brown of washington's columbia room describes a long tradition linking presidents and cocktails. >> there's the entertainment side of it. presidents are also just people. >> reporter: starting with a founding father who operated his own whiskey distillery. >> reporter: through fdr who put liquo
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Jan 20, 2013 4:00pm PST
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Jan 20, 2013 12:00pm PST
. >> but here we are, almost 50 years later and i've been asked by president obama to deliver this invocation. and -- >> do you see this is sort of fulfilling a destiny? >> let's say it is, all right? and i accept that. because today we have many of the same concerns that we had then. perhaps not as much violence. but we still have violence. and i think it makes at least i hope it will make people think of the past and look at what they are doing today to change things. it's a constant that's there. and i have been so blessed in all of my horror and the pain that my children have gone through, to have come this far. and i hope to be able to instill dignity and determination to move this country forward. in the three minutes that i have. i don't know if that's possible. n i'm going to give it a try. >> you said you want people to think about the past while you'll be speaking but what will you be thinking about as you gaze out over the crowd. you seem so confident? >> i think i will hold my grandmother close, near and dear to me. she was the one that set the standards for me to follo
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Jan 19, 2013 9:00am PST
president obama made he was going do his first year. we're hoepg it get hoping it g first year second term. >> hope soo toe some bipartisan work. >> go have a bipartisan meal right after this. >> ladies, nice to see you. thank you is so much. >> all right. this question, of course, when we come back, we'll be back a little later today, but up next, are your political leaders set to derail an economic recovery? a can't-miss edition of "your money." almost tastes like one of jack's cereals. fiber one. uh, forgot jack's cereal. [ jack ] what's for breakfast? um... try the number one! yeah, this is pretty good. [ male announcer ] over a third of a day's fiber. fiber one.
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Jan 21, 2013 2:00pm PST
it's what's great about this, you see michelle obama's style evolving over the years. in the thom browne, very tailored, traditional. a little bit a quiet look. what i love is maybe not every american woman has access to a beautiful custom made thom browne piece but they have access to the accessories. the j crew gloves. the j crew belt. a lot of woman look to her for fashion inspiration. she's very democratic about her style and people can access that. >> i think what's interesting about what happened with michelle obama today that's getting sort of a lot of chatter online is that she changed her shoes. she started out wearing j crew shoes. she changed into these custom made blue suede boots by reed krakoff. >> even though she's very influential, on a lot of tv screens, she's just like somebody else, in that she might have won the j crew pumps to the actual event, which is indoors, but it is cold out there, i'm putting some boots on, okay, and that's how we dress today. what's so great about her as first lady is she dresses like so many other moms just like her. >> she most certa
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Jan 21, 2013 3:00am PST
we've seen a lot more people. with me now is 10-year-old mari and her mom michelle who feels a special kinship with michelle obama and mckenna as well. mari, ten yearsed old. you moved from california a couple of years ago, what do you want to see today? >> inside the white house. >> reporter: you want to see inside the white house? >> you think that's going to happen? >> yes. >> they got on the train at 3:30 this morning and wasn't too bad? >> nope, wasn't bad at all. hardly any people there. >> you have a trek back? >> no, not looking forward to it. >> has to get the kids back for school. and three hours away once you get off the metro in alexandria? >> near virginia beach. >> if you could ask malia or sasha anything, what would you ask? >> what is the favorite thing about the white house. >> reporter: so many questions kids want to ask the kids of the white house. one thing so interest to see, people taking pictures with their ipads all over the place down here. back to you. >> christi, so many people from so many places on the mall yesterday, mississippi, louisiana, nebraska, bosto
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Jan 18, 2013 9:00am PST
. >>> from william mckinley to barack obama, we have over 100 years in inaugurations in just a couple of minutes. >> no this is not carnival day in pumpkin center. it is the day of days in washington, d.c. >> the presidential -- >> presidential -- >> oath of office. >> here comes the inaugural parade. >> are you prepared to the take the oath of office of the united states? >> raise your right hand and repeat after me. >> repeat after me. i william jefferson clinton do solemnly square. >> i george walker bush do solemnly swear. >> i will faithfully execute the office. >> i will faithfully execute the office. >> faithfully execute the office of the president of the united states. >> faithly execute the office of president of the united states. >> will to the best of my ability. >> eisenhower began his second term as leader, not only of america, but all free people. >> preserve, protect and defend the constitution of the united states. >> constitution of the united states. >> vice president linden b. johnson had the grief stricken widow with him takes the oath aboard the jet, which brings h
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Jan 18, 2013 1:00pm PST
barack obama. >> reporter: the spri 85-year-old washington broadcaster has served as the announcer of every inaugural parade since eisenhower in 1957. he's coming up on 15 in a row. he's got a half century of memories to go with all of his parade scripts. >> one of the things that i found out over the years is that the inaugural parade is an extension of the president's personality. >> ask not what america will do for you. >> reporter: with kennedy and reagan came celebrities. >> see, as the announcer, i get a really good charge of rubbing shoulders with famous people and so that's what happens. >> reporter: but obama, brotman says, is different. >> what he does, his selection is from the heart. he's bringing in high school bands, college bands that have never been in a parade much less a presidential inaugural parade. so he's making it possible for these kids to have a memory they will remember forever. >> reporter: carter made his mark by being the first president to walk the parade route. >> must have been a shock to you. >> it was indeed. >> reporter: reagan, brotman says, saved h
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Jan 13, 2013 3:00am PST
lived in the u.s. for an extended period and understand some english. president obama has promised to dive into an immigration overhaul, as well, this year. >>> well, we've said it before, congress is unpopular, but worse than cockroaches? apparently. new numbers from public policy polling pitted congress against the worst of the worst. they found congress was less popular than brusal sprouts and used car salesman. but even worse, people have a higher opinion of cockroaches, replacement referees and root canals. so, what did congress beat out? lindsay lohan, lobbyists and the kardashians. not very complimentary. but there seems to be one place that people really like washington, at the movies. cnn chris lawrence reports, hollywood's portrayal of washington may be just a little off base. >> maybe they ran out of super heroes or aliens weren't available. >> there are only bad options. it's about finding the best one. >> reporter: hollywood is turning to government analysts to anchor its hit films. >> mia, this is joseph bradley. >> reporter: former cia officers admit the agency virginia
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Jan 16, 2013 6:00am PST
the last two years? the election is over. the whole barack obama is part of this elitists is a dead argument. it doesn't move things forward. what the nra should be talking about is let's make sure people have to be licensed properly to have their guns. make sure people know how to use a gun if someone comes into their home. these ads and attacks raises money, gets people talking, and it doesn't help the nra's reputation with the public. >> ron, jason has a point. this could create a backlash. a "washington post" poll shows 44% have an unfavorable view of the nra's leadership. >> i don't think that matters to the nra. what their goal is is to protect gun rights, the rights of the second amendment. they're going to do everything possible to make sure that happens. you know, you have republicans and democrats joining together. that will end up joining together to fight president obama's proposals. you have red state senators in the senate, harry reid extremely cool to this proposal as well as pat leahy, a democrat who will take his time and look this over. i think that this is going t
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